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Duel In The Desert: The Grind Session returns to Phoenix

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When/Where to tune in

The international elite basketball circuit will be in the desert from Feb. 9-11 at Dream City Christian School in Glendale. Games will be played back-to-back throughout each day.

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If you are unable to make the event, games will also be live-streamed on TanagerSports.TV


The Grind Session’s developed talent

The Grind Session launched in 2014 and has developed incredible talent over the years.

Some of the notable NBA players who have played in the circuit include Devin Booker, LaMelo Ball, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Jayson Tatum, Tyrese Maxey, Jamal Murray, Deandre Ayton, and many more.

The level of intensity and talent displayed in The Grind Session further prepares players early on in their basketball careers.


Who to watch this weekend

There continues to be overwhelming talent in the circuit.

Someone to keep an eye on this weekend is Prolific Prep’s A.J. Dybantsa, who is currently projected as the No. 1 pick in the 2026 NBA Draft. The five-star recruit already holds over 20 offers to play at the next level.

An in-state player to watch is Dream City Christian’s Emmanuel Stephen, who is an Arizona Wildcat commit. The 7-footer has helped lead Dream City to a 27-14 record this season.

Stephen is one of many players this weekend catching the eyes of scouts at the next levels.


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Saleh Awwad is a writer/reporter covering the Arizona State Sun Devils, Phoenix High School Sports, and more for Burn City Sports. You can follow him on X via @SalehAwwad_

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